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Ohio University to host regional science fair
Local students to showcase science skills and compete for prizes

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 28, 2007) -- Ohio University will host the 2007 Southeast District Science Day and the Southeastern Ohio Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 3, in Clippinger Laboratories and Morton Hall.

The District Science Day competition will consist of students in grades five through 12, residing in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Morgan, Ross and Vinton counties. Students from the same counties in grades nine through 12 are also eligible to enter the Science and Engineering Fair competition.

Exhibitions and judging of all projects will be from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the lobbies of Clippinger. Competitors can enter research projects individually or in teams of two in a variety of fields including, but not limited to, biochemistry, botany, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine and health.

"The most important reason for students to participate is to learn to do scientific research, write scientific reports and make scientific presentations -- all skills required for a successful future scientist or engineer," said James Tong, director of DSD and SEORSEF. 

A K-12 instructor and one professional scientist or engineer will complete the initial judging. Judges from Ohio University faculty and some prize-awarding agencies and organizations, including the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy, will consider superior projects for special prizes.

The awards ceremony will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Morton Hall, room 201.

For students in grades five through eight, 10 percent of those who receive a superior rating will be nominated to participate in the 2007 Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge competition. Students in grades five through 12 also can receive certificates and additional prizes including cash, savings bonds, books and plaques.

Of those competitors in grades nine through 12, two students with the best projects in SEORSEF will be selected to attend the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair from May 13 to 18 in Albuquerque, N.M., all expenses paid.

Schools with the highest percentage of superior ratings will receive a trophy for each of the three categories: the elementary division (grades five and six), the junior division (grades seven and eight) and the senior division (grades nine through 12).

"These competitions not only allow students to win prizes and awards, but they are excellent additions to resumes as students apply to colleges and universities to further their careers in science and engineering," Tong said.

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